Things You Appreciate During Finals Week
Ah, it's almost that time of the term again... when the last week of classes rolls around, you too often realize that there doesn't seem to be enough time for all of the exams, essays, and projects looming in the near distant future. However, there are so many things to appreciate during such a stressful time. Here are a few of the things that keep my spirits high during finals week:
- No. 1
Empty Lecture Rooms
With all of the study rooms already booked in Baker-Berry library, my friend and I turned to the less popular Haldeman and Kemeny buildings to find a space where we could study together. Since those buildings are used by the math department, and neither one of us has taken a math class at Dartmouth, we spent a bit of time exploring around as we opened study room after study room, only to find them already occupied. We were quite ready to give up when we stumbled into this huge lecture room – an empty one, too. There was so much blackboard space to write our chemical equations and synthesis maps on with clean white chalk, it made studying bearable.
- No. 2
Dartmouth's Tae Kwon Do Team
Before heading to the aforementioned study session, we walked by Novack, where the Dartmouth Tae Kwon Do team was selling Thai bubble tea! Even though they ran out of bubbles, I still bought a drink because I had never had Thai tea before and was curious to see how it tasted. It was quite delicious! If you're ever craving a sweet treat or snack, there are usually student organizations selling goods, either for charity fundraisers or to go towards maintaining their club.
- No. 3
With just a few hours before our final project for GOVT 19 was due, my group was still confused about how to calculate the standard errors for a certain term in our model, given that we had not learned it in class. Having already emailed our professor and awaiting his response, one of my group members suggested that we talk to the Quantitative Social Science (QSS) librarians, who can be found in the first floor of Berry Library. I had not even known that there were librarians that we could consult about issues we were having with our code. It’s definitely nice to realize how many resources there are when you need some help.
- No. 4
Nathan Smith Society
As I exited Steele 006, where I took my last final exam of the term for organic chemistry, I was greeted by a student from the Nathan Smith Society, which is a student organization that serves all students who are interested in the health professions. She handed me a bag of candy and exclaimed “congratulations on finishing your final!” I remember the same thing happened after our organic chemistry exam last term. It is such a thoughtful gesture, but it makes a huge difference, and really showcases just how supportive the community here is, finals season or not.
- No. 5
That brings me to my last point - my friends! Important during any time of the year, their support is especially crucial during finals week. Whether I am studying alongside them for the same exam or making plans to grab breakfast at KAF together in the morning, I am regularly reminded that my friends are there for me, and try to act in ways that demonstrate I am there for them as well. Also, because of the D-Plan, some of my friends are not on-campus during the spring term, which means those last few weeks, regardless of how busy I may be, is time to enjoy spending with them.